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Latest Sightings:

Great Blue Herons in Sudbury

July 2, 2020

Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.

Marie Rock photographed these great blue herons at their nest in Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Mute Swans in Sudbury

July 2, 2020

Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.

Marie Rock photographed this family of mute swans at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Bald Eagles in Framingham

July 1, 2020

An immature bald eagle at its nest on Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An immature bald eagle at its nest on Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed bald eagles at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds at Farm Pond in Framingham

July 1, 2020

An American goldfinch at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird with a dragonfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird with a dragonfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American golfinch, a pair of red-winged blackbirds mobbing a great blue heron, and a red-winged blackbird with a dragonfly.

Domestic Gosling and a Green Heron in Marlborough

June 30, 2020

A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a domestic goose gosling and a green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Song Sparrow in Southborough

June 30, 2020

A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Water Lily in Lincoln

June 30, 2020

A water lily blossom in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A water lily blossom in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this water lily in Lincoln.

Wood Ducks on Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury

June 30, 2020

Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this family of wood ducks on Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Harvard

June 29, 2020

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard.

Frog and Snake in Berlin

June 28, 2020

A green frog in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.
A green frog in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.
A northern water snake in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.
A northern water snake in Berlin, photographed by Sarah Davis.

Sarah Davis photographed a green frog and a northern water snake along the trails from Berlin Meadows.

White-tailed Deer Fawn in Marlborough

June 27, 2020

A white-tailed deer fawn along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.
A white-tailed deer fawn along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.

Karin Paquin photographed this white-tailed deer fawn along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough.

Eastern Chipmunk in Lincoln

June 26, 2020

An eastern chipmunk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
An eastern chipmunk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this eastern chipmunk in Lincoln.

Great Blue Heron in Southborough

June 26, 2020

A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron at Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

White-tailed Deer in Westford

June 26, 2020

Andy Bentley used an automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph a white-tailed deer in Westford.

Kingbird and Grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 25, 2020

A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a common grackle and an eastern kingbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Wood Ducks in Sudbury

June 25, 2020

Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 23, 2020

A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a double-crested cormorant, a great blue heron, and mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Coyote Pups in Westford

June 23, 2020

Andy Bentley used an automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of coyote pups in Westford.

Downy Woodpeckers in Sudbury

June 23, 2020

Downy woodpeckers in Sudbury, photographed by Sarah Davis.
Downy woodpeckers in Sudbury, photographed by Sarah Davis.

Sarah Davis photographed these downy woodpeckers on her window screen and bird feeder in Sudbury.

Great Blue Heron and Red-winged Blackbird at Farm Pond

June 23, 2020

A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron and a red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Nature in Southborough

June 23, 2020

A four-toothed mason wasp at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A four-toothed mason wasp at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow (upper left) and a tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow (upper left) and a tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a four-toothed mason wasp, a red-tailed hawk, a barn swallow, and a tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Woodchuck in Lincoln

June 22, 2020

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

Barred Owls in Wayland

June 21, 2020

A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A barred owl in Wayland, photographed by Nancy Wright.

Nancy Wright photographed this family of barred owls in Wayland.

Great Blue Herons in Sudbury

June 21, 2020

Great blue herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Great blue herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed these great blue herons at their nest near Feeley Field in Sudbury.